Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Telephone Conversations He Secretly Taped

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

The Telephone Conversations He Secretly Taped

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Byline: ROBERT MENDICK

SIR IAN BLAIR secretly taped at least six telephone calls in the wake of the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes at Stockwell Tube station. The Evening Standard has established that at least two of the recorded calls were made on the day of the shooting itself. These are the key phone calls Sir Ian made:

NICK HARDWICK 22 July

As chairman of the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), Mr Hardwick is heading its investigation into the shooting of Mr de Menezes. Mr Hardwick spoke to Sir Ian on the day of the shooting, in a conversation the Metropolitan Police Commissioner recorded on tape.

IPCC sources suggest the conversation was concerned with Sir Ian's attempt to block its involvement while terror attacks were under investigation. Sir Ian also sent a letter to Mr Hardwick on the day of the shooting in a further attempt to block the investigation.

That letter was incorrectly dated the previous day, 21 July.

IPCC sources describe Mr Hardwick as "furious" at discovering the call was secretly recorded. The IPCC said today: "We understand three telephone conversations between senior IPCC personnel and the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police have been recorded without our prior knowledge. One of these was between our chair, Nick Hardwick, and the Commissioner.

"We are surprised about the recording of calls and have the recordings. We are dealing with this issue."

It later confirmed that Mr Hardwick had accepted a personal apology from Sir Ian.

ROY CLARKE

22 July

THE TELEPHONE CONVERSATIONS HE SECRETLY TAPED The second taped conversation was with Roy Clarke, at the time the IPCC's director of investigations. A former senior detective at Scotland Yard, Mr Clarke was the senior investigator in charge of the Stockwell shooting case. His role, the IPCC said today, was to decide whether an investigation should take place and determine what course that investigation should take. Mr Clarke is no longer working at the IPCC and is now director of criminal investigations with HM Customs and Revenue. …

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